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North American Stamping Group
Acquires Brittany Stamping Assets

Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Brittany Stamping, LLC, Cleveland, OH, has sold its Duffy Tool and Stamping Ltd. and Sovereign Tool and Engineering Ltd. subsidiaries, both in Muncie, IN, to North American Stamping Group (NASG). NASG operates Woodstock Stampings in Woodstock, Ontario, Canada; Ada Stampings in Ada, OH; Tennessee Stampings in Portland and Pulaski, TN; and Troquelados Queretaro S. de R.L. de C.V. in Queretaro, Mexico. Duffy Tool and Stamping supplies the automotive industry with deep-draw heavy-gauge parts and specializes in the manufacture of wrapped tube products; Sovereign Tool and Engineering designs and manufactures complex stamping dies. Learn more about NASG at

Contract Metal Fabricator
One of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies

Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Pickwick Manufacturing Services, Cedar Rapids, IA, has been named to the 2009 Inc. 5000, a list of the fastest growing companies in the United States. Pickwick, a contract metal fabricator, also made the list in 2008. It operates out of a 100,000-sq.-ft. facility to fabricate sheet, plate and structural components and assemblies, performing laser cutting, forming and bending, welding, powder coating and other processes;

AISI to Rulemakers: AHSS in Automobiles
Reduces Energy Consumption and CO2 Emissions

Tuesday, October 27, 2009
At a hearing last week of the Environmental Protection Agency and the National High Traffic and Safety Administration to address light-duty vehicle greenhouse-gas emission standards, representatives from the North American steel industry explained how the continued development of innovative steel products is providing safe and affordable solutions to reducing vehicle weight and for meeting emissions and fuel-economy standards. Speaking at the hearing were Ron Krupitzer, vice president of automotive applications and the AISI (American Iron and Steel Institute) Steel Market Development Institute, and Jody Shaw, manager of technical marketing and product research for U.S. Steel.

“Advanced high-strength steels (AHSS) have already proven to reduce the mass of body structural components by 25 percent or more compared to mild steel,” said Krupitzer, “plus mass reduction with AHSS can be achieved more affordably than with other materials.” Added Shaw: “To comply with tailpipe-only regulations, automakers may inadvertently select materials that increase the life-cycle carbon footprint of the vehicle. While other materials may provide mass advantages in vehicles, the resulting improvement in fuel economy may not offset the energy use and CO2 emissions that result from manufacturing and recycling…a Life Cycle Assessment approach is needed.”
Read the testimonies of Krupitzer and Shaw at


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